Volume 5, "Into Unchartered Territory"
State(s): North Dakota/Eastern Montana
Journal Sections: April 25 - May 14, 1805 & mid-Aug. 1806
From-To: New Town, ND - Fort Union NHS
Roads: Hwy 1804
Route: Start tape in New Town. Turn off after 5-minute intro and
direction to Reunion Point(?). Restart production at (?) and follow
to Ft. Union.
Hwy 2 through Ft. Peck Indian Reservation to Glasgow. Continue
on Hwy 2 to Harlem on the Ft. Belknap Indian Reservation. Turn
south on Hwy 66 to Hwy 191 to Lewistown. Take Hwy 80 NW to Fort
Benton and Hwy 87 north 10 miles to Loma and Decision Point.
- Confluence of Missouri & Yellowstone
- Major landmark on westward voyage, meeting
point of split return in 1806
- Cruzatte shoots Lewis by mistake, Lewis
stops journal entries (1806)
- Pompey's Pillar (see on return as Clark
did, off I94)
- Abundance of game noted on westbound
- Exploits in what is now largely roadless
- Ft. Union/Ft. Buford
- Encourage visit to CMR wild, scenic
- Remains much as it was 200 years ago
- Missouri Breaks National Backcountry
Volume 5 will focus on
the geologic wonders of the Missouri Breaks, the significance
of the confluence of the Missouri & Yellowstone rivers and
the wild animals described in the journals. Several exciting grizzly
adventures are available for journal readings and dramatizations.
We'll address the split of the party on the return trip in 1806
and the most severe non-lethal injury of the journey - Cruzatte's
accidental shooting of Lewis. We'll offer the visitor a variety
of options of discovery on this route, including strong encouragement
to get off the main drag and experience the best-preserved section
of the river on the entire trip. While the explorers did not see
any Indians during this leg of the journey, they saw many, many
signs of daily life. The Corps served as "Jefferson's detectives"
in searching for clues to the lifeways of tribes that they did
not meet. We will hear from the Native people of this area as
they give their stories as to why there was no meeting on the